Friday, April 20, 2012

ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES – HORNSBY LOCAL COURT

Photograph taken on day of seizure 27 October 2010.

A local Collaroy woman was sentenced for animal cruelty charges at Hornsby Local Court today, Friday 20 April 2012. She had been charged with nine counts of failing to provide veterinary treatment to five Greyhound dogs.

An RSPCA Inspector attended a property housing approximately 30 dogs at Glenorie on 27 October 2010. Local Council Officers had requested that the RSPCA assess several dogs with injuries.

The Inspector seized five dogs for veterinary treatment of various wounds. In addition to the untreated wounds, the examining veterinarian found three of the dogs tested positive for intestinal worms and one of the dogs had severe dental disease with fractured teeth.

During an interview, the woman admitted she was the person in charge of the dogs, that she was aware of their injuries and had not sought veterinary treatment. The examining veterinarian concluded that the dogs’ wounds had required treatment for at least 48 hours.

The woman was found guilty of one charge for failing to provide veterinary treatment to a female Greyhound. She was convicted and placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for two years and ordered to present to NSW Police for fingerprinting. The remaining eight charges were dealt with under Section 32 of the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act.

She has been prohibited from owning or caring for more than nine specified dogs for a period of five years. During this period, RSPCA officers may access her property to inspect her animals at regular intervals. The woman was further ordered to pay $1,039.50 veterinary/boarding costs and $5,918 towards the RSPCA’s legal costs.

All charges are under NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and Regulations

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